Does anyone know if it's possible to change the order category groups appear within the categories tab when publishing/editing an entry?

Mine are coming back in neither ID order nor alphabetical order!

  • just wanted to follow up from our Twitter dialog. . Was Category Field a good fit for you? If so, let's mark this thread as answered! Apr 5, 2013 at 15:19
  • Yes, Category Field did the job nicely. There doesn't seem to be any way to change the category group order otherwise! Thanks. Apr 15, 2013 at 15:23

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Go to to Admin > Channel Administration > Categories drop down, then click on Add/Edit Categories and choose Alphabetical or Custom sorting. Based on what you said, you probably have custom sorting enabled.

You can also do the custom sort within the actual categories tab like I mention below or do it in the Admin Categories area.

In the Categories tab on the edit/publish entry page, click the Edit Categories link underneath the actual categories. The categories have a custom sort order based on that.

There are arrows to move them up or down.

Is that what you were looking for?

  • Thanks, but no - it was the order of the groups I was looking to change, not the actual categories themselves. Apr 15, 2013 at 15:22
  • Ahh, Ok. Well good to know something worked out.
    – Erik
    Apr 16, 2013 at 16:13

There seems to be no way to do this out of the box, but the Category Field addon makes it possible (and is an excellent addon for categories generally!).

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